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Vanek Blamed For Austrian Partying Before Loss

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According to DiePresse.com, Austrian hockey officials believe naming former Gopher Thomas Vanek captain of the team may have been a mistake after reports emerged of the Austrian team out until 6 am the morning of their quarterfinal matchup with Slovenia.

Austrian Ice Hockey President Dieter Kalt said (via Google Translate) “(Head coach Emanual Viveiros) has…Vanek chosen as captain , so that he has an experienced player and that’s just , as you can see , a little something gone wrong.”

Viveiros said in a statement that he “did not babysit his team before such an important game.” Kalt added that the actions of the team were a “low blow,” and that he had told the players clearly that if anything happened in Sochi they would be sent home immediately.

Vanek was recently traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the New York Islanders and also reportedly turned down an extension offer from the Isles.

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